SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento woman has pleaded not guilty to killing her 7-week-old daughter by placing her in a microwave oven one year ago.

Prosecutors say Ka Yang entered the plea Friday after a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled last month that there was enough evidence to justify murder and torture charges. The trial is scheduled for June 21.

Prosecutors ruled out seeking the death penalty, but Yang faces life in prison without parole if she is convicted of killing her daughter, Mirabelle. Her three other children have been placed with relatives.

She has been jailed since June after investigators determined her baby died of “extensive thermal injuries” last March 17.

Yang’s defense attorney, Linda Parisi, says she intends to demonstrate that her client suffers from a serious seizure disorder.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (5)
  1. St. Peter says:

    Ka Yang, I have welcomed your daughter into heaven. But for you, i have reserved a seat in hell.

  2. BillM says:

    Why no death penalty? Given the torture the most defenseless person could have suffered, not pursuing the death penalty shows no respect for life.

    1. Yes says:

      What death penalty in Ca, it’s a joke…………

  3. m says:

    Don’t say harsh things that you don’t know the whole story until you talk to her. This is a mom who desperate wanted a baby girl so she can relying on in the future and finally she got one. There’s no witness that she put the baby in the microwave. She raised her boys well. You don’t know the heart of a mother and daughter is like. They are just like one heart which only a mother would understand. Due to her sickness, her child is dead but many story came out that does not make sense. Don’t judge people harshly. She does not deserve a dead penalty or life sentence. This does not make any senses.

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